Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Purple Day

I bought some new acrylic paint when I was at Walmart.  It's sparkly but the sparkles don't show up in the photo.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Guess Who's Journaling, Again!

Okay, I know there's not an awful lot on this spread but it was my first time journaling in a month and a half.  It felt good to get started again!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sun and Fog and a Little Bit of Sky

I went into the copy room this morning and saw this sight.  So, I ran back to my classroom, grabbed my camera, and went outside to stand in front of the copy room window and take this picture.

To see more skies from around the world, visit SkyWatch Friday.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Indian Summer Flowers

We had to go down to Gorham today and stopped at my mother-in-law's house.  The temperature was in the high 60s and the sun was shining and the dying flowers were just so gorgeous.

Not sure what this is but I love the color.

The delicate colors in this hydrangea are soft and beautiful.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A Beautiful Morning

This is the tree right outside my kitchen window.  It makes the whole house golden.

This is taken from the back porch in my pajamas looking east..  It was 25 degrees.

I love the orange bokeh and the flare.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Monday, October 18, 2010

Nude in the Sunlight

A couple years ago I had my poetry-writing students make altered books.  They painted and collaged and added a poem to each page.  I did it with them and this is one of the pages I did.

Nude in the Sunlight

We escaped
from our work
and slipped away
to these woods
to make love
in the sunshine

then he asked
if he could paint
me sitting
in the glow,
as natural
as the air
swirling around
the leaves
and my breasts.

I pulled my shirt
up to cover
part of me
because no man
should ever know
all of a woman,

but let him
love me again
with his paintbrush.

What does he see
as he sketches?
Does he notice my arms
thick from doing
my mistress’s laundry?

Does he see my hair
loosened like the grasses
fluttering freely
but still anchored?

He captures the coins
of light on my skin
but he can’t draw
my soul
hidden in my sturdy

He thinks he’s painting
but each stroke
lights the fire
of naked
that I’m smiling about.

Soon I’ll head back
to the steamy washtub
taking the energy
of the afternoon
with me.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Kylie and the Slide

Kylie is staying with us this weekend at camp.  Today we walked to the playground and Kylie was so happy.

Here she is getting ready to go down the slide.

Letting go....wheeeeeee!

Coming in for a landing.  Looks like she was the first one to use the slide today.

Those leaves were all wet!

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Day

I had a very long and tiring day at school today.  It started this morning when another teacher and I had to give a presentation on writing to all our juniors in the cafeteria.  It went well but I was kind of nervous and it took us days of preparation to put it all together.

After that we retired to our rooms with the students who will be in our room for the state test they'll be taking over the next three days.  We did more writing review with them there. 

At 10:30 the rest of the students arrived and we had all four classes but only for 45 minutes each.  I was pooped by this time.

But it wasn't over.  At the end of the month we are having our ten-year evaluation and today the chairpersons had to meet with the chairman of the visiting team.  He told us everything we have to do over those four days.  It was overwhelming and I was seeing double by the time it was over.

I walked out of school at 3:30 and it was an absolutely beautiful fall day so I went home, changed, and took a walk with my camera through the Smith Hydro Peninsula Park.  I so needed this wonderful fresh air!

Here are some of the pictures of mostly weeds that I took.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Kylie in My Neighbor's Backyard

This was taken last summer (Gosh, it seems so long ago!) when I was at home one day with Kylie.